What is SUSTAIN?  

Funded through the INTERREG IVC programme, SUSTAIN has been a 3-year project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It was a Regional Initiative addressing environment and risk prevention (Priority 2 of the programme) and the sub-theme water management. The project budget was €1.8m.

The objective of SUSTAIN was to create a fully implementable policy tool to help coastal authorities and communities throughout Europe to deliver sustainability on Europe’s coast. This tool will be applicable to all 22 coastal states of the European Union. It is based on a set of easily measurable sustainability indicators that were developed and assessed during the lifetime of the project to enable Authorities to measure effectively the sustainability of our coasts.

The tool can ensure that integrated management of Europe’s coastal areas will be more sustainable in the long term. It can contribute to delivery of Europe’s renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy which was adopted by the European Council in June 2006 and aimed at bringing about a high level of environmental protection, social equity and cohesion, economic prosperity and active promotion of sustainable development worldwide.

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.